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Table of ContentsIntroduction Chapter 1: The Cuisine of Contact Chapter 2: Food and the Founding Chapter 3: Foodways in an Era of Expansion and Immigration Chapter 4: Technology and Taste Chapter 5: Gender and the American Appetite Chapter 6: The Pious or Patriotic Stomach Chapter 7: Food Habits and Racial Thinking Chapter 8: The Politics of Food A Note on Sources
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A much-needed synthesis of American food from Columbus to the present. Wallach provides a rich overview of the cultural influences that make American cuisine unique as well as the challenges facing the nation's food supply. Lively and engaging, the book will send foodies and historians alike dashing for the kitchen.
With the dexterity of a master carver, wielding a razor-sharp edge, Jennifer Wallach fillets and slices the history of American eating elegantly, economically, and comprehensively. Alternately appetizing and dyspeptic, the story makes entertaining and instructive reading. Alternately mild and ferocious, the message is minatory. Food has nourished American virtues, but has also tempted America into indulgence, delusion, and danger.
America eats differently and Jennifer Jensen Wallach serves up how, why and what it all means. An intriguing, surprising and delicious read!
This nuanced account synthesizes key secondary texts and adds a dash of primary source material to create a compelling and readable account of the evolution of America's quirky (and oftentimes inconsistent) eating habits and attitudes. This book should interest anyone seeking an accessible look into the development of American foodways and the broader historical contexts which shaped them.